Myth or Truth: Republicans and Their Stereotypes
Not all we assume to be true, actually is.
Some myths have proved to be myths, while others were just proven.
Here, we take a look at the top three myths surrounding the perception of Republicans. But understand, there’s always an exception.
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Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice, and Colin Powell are just a few of current examples we have. But people tend to forget that the Grand Old Party was founded by anti-slavery activists. In fact, some of the most noble and historic African Americans throughout history were Republican supporters: Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, and Ida B. Wells. It wasn’t until the New Deal that the tables began to turn. In the 1930s, during FranklIn D. Roosevelt’s term, The New Deal brought the Social Security Act, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the U.S. Housing Authority, and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which set maximum hours and minimum wages for some industries. The argument about whether these programs hurt us more is still a very interesting one (for another blog post). The GOP had been winning 15 percent of the Black vote, compared to the Democrats’ 20-50 percent.
They’re Rich – Truth
Well, depending on the way you look at it.
Republicans are much more likely to have a four-year degree. Low income voters tend to vote for Democrats, while high-income voters tend to vote for Republicans. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t vote alternatively. In 2004, George W. Bush won 41 percent of the poorest 20 percent of voters. It may not be your party that affects you every time, but the way you run your campaign and your positions on issues that affect the underserved.
They’re Racist – As are other politicians.